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Casner: Federal Legislation Presents Opportunity For Salvation

As I read the June 9 article, “American Pharoah offers a Carpe Diem Moment for Racing,” I reflected on the 37 years since we last saw a Triple Crown winner. Horse racing has gone through many changes – some good and some we need to continue to work on. Since I first … Continue reading

Brian Swatuk’s Royal Ride Through Life

Thirty-six years ago, the rains fell in torrents upon Woodbine on Queen’s Plate day. Pity. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was in attendance, resplendent in a blue floral suit and proper little white handbag. But she liked what she saw, … Continue reading

Forego: ‘He Just Knew Where The Wire Was’

They’re running the Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park this Fourth of July. It is a classic that has been staged almost every year since 1884. Some of the great names in racing have worn its crown: Dr Fager, Buckpasser, Skip … Continue reading

Empire State: An Intriguing History Of The New York Thoroughbred

The Paulick Report is headed to New York this summer, as we launch a new series about the Thoroughbred industry in the Empire State. We’ll be delving into recent developments that have triggered significant changes in New York’s breeding and … Continue reading

Asmussen Sued By U.S. Department Of Labor

For the second time in three years, trainer Steve Asmussen has been sued by the United States Department of Labor for allegedly failing to adhere to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, namely not paying overtime to hot walkers … Continue reading

The Friday Show: Strange Bedfellows, Pharoah Vs LeBron?

It didn’t make many waves when it was announced a while back, but some folks in the racing biz have started asking why the Jockey Club and Breeders’ Cup are joining with a high-profile animal welfare group in a push … Continue reading

Wesley Ward On Royal Ascot: ‘You’ve Got To Bring Your Best’

Trainer Wesley Ward had a topsy-turvy week at Royal Ascot in England. On Wednesday he sent out the Scat Daddy filly Acapulco – a $750,000 purchase from the McKathan Brothers consignment at the OBS March sale – to an impressive … Continue reading

An Unlikely Ally? Getting To Know The Humane Society Of The United States

The announcement last month that the Jockey Club and Breeders’ Cup would join forces with the Humane Society of the United States to back a federal anti-doping bill was a surprise to some in the Thoroughbred world. With the alphabet soup … Continue reading

Horse Co-Owned by Ruidoso’s Hubbard Among Four Testing Positive For Clenbuterol

Lilly Is First, winner of the $337,186 Mountain Top New Mexico Quarter Horse Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on June 13, tested positive for clenbuterol while qualifying for the race in a futurity trial at the New Mexico racetrack on May … Continue reading

Indiana Judge Upholds Norris Suspension, Citing ‘Repeated Lies And Deceptive Acts’

An administrative law judge has upheld the recommendation by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission that a three-year suspension and $15,000 fine be imposed against trainer Mike Norris, who had five horses test positive for the fast-acting corticosteroid hydrocortisone succinate (Solu-Cortef) in races … Continue reading

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